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Physical Therapy for Golf in Tucson
Physical Therapy for golf is something that has been happening for years behind the scenes. With players like Tiger Woods and others, in the past decade the sport of golf has become associated with a higher level of fitness and physical expectation than ever before. On the Tour, many golfers now have their own personal Physical Therapist to help them avoid injury and improve their physical performance on and off the course.
Golf is an extremely popular sport- particularly here in
Tucson. Men, women, and children of all ages can be seen out on the greens at
many of the local courses. Popularity continues to grow. With the rise in numbers
of people playing golf, we have seen a rise in golf related injuries. Like any
sport, the most important piece of equipment is the human body. Many think it's
that new $2,000 driver! The best clubs in the world cannot compensate for a
poorly tuned body—and that's where a Physical Therapist comes in to help. Physical Therapy for Golf is something you should consider if you have any of the following:
Common Injuries in Golf
Things That May Increase Injury Risk
Each golfer is an individual with his or her own intrinsic risk factors. Many people have heard others say "golf is bad for your back". A Physical Therapist would redirect that statement to say "A poorly conditioned back is not good for golf"! So the body must be ready for the high demands that the golf swing can put on the body.
If a marathon runner trained for the marathon by only running
a mile every day, most people would say they were crazy to think they would be
able to do a marathon. As a golfer, if you are not conditioning your body for
the demands of the golf swing, in a way it is the same thing. Golf is a repetitive
sport that requires adequate conditioning and flexibility to do it right. There
are certain things Physical Therapists look for to make sure a golfer is in
good condition to perform the golf swing.Physical Therapy for golf in Tucson may address the following:
Common physical risk factors for golf injuries include (the body):
Common risk factors outside the body:
Risk of injury is not limited to the problems in the body, but can also be linked to factors that are outside the body.
· Environmental conditions. Playing on a course that has a lot of uneven terrain or one that is poorly maintained can put a player at risk for spraining an ankle or other injury
· Weather. In the Southwest high levels of heat can predispose a golfer to a heat related illness like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It's important to stay hydrated and cool especially in the summer heat. Having an early tee time can help reduce risk of a heat related condition.
· Equipment. Poorly fit clubs, or clubs that are damaged can put the athlete at risk. (Golfers feel free to use this as evidence that you need that next new $2,000 driver!)
· Other factors- Hitting the ground with a club, injuries from golf carts and being hit by an errant ball are all real possibilities while you are out there. Stay alert and be especially careful if you are taking part in any alcohol consumption while you are driving the golf cart!
Other ways to avoid injury include:
Do you have any of these?
A Physical Therapist can help you
find the problems in your body that may be causing these conditions. Mention
this article to Bodycentral Physical Therapy schedulers and you can receive a
free consult with one of the Doctors of Physical Therapy to see what we can do
to help. Visit www.Bodycentralpt.net for more information on how Physical Therapy can help you.